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Jan 15, 2013 3:00am PST
view of all of them. >> of course. >>> we'll move onto the debt ceiling with the government on pace to run out of money by mid-february. >> yesterday, the president warned republican leaders raising the nation's borrowing limit was non-negotiable and congress aimed to use it as lever eventuallyiage for deep s. >> while i'm willing to find middle ground to reduce our deficits, america cannot afford another debate. not paying its bills is irresponsible. it's absurd. republicans in congress have two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect or ransom in exchange for not crashing the america economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. >> you know, it looks like republicans are up against another wall. but they're not going to be able to get -- they're not going to be able to get, quite frankly, some things they really want, if they're serio
Jan 14, 2013 3:00am PST
try and educate their members about exactly what it would mean if they didn't raise the debt ceiling. but what republicans say to us is, this is all we can do to get president obama's attention. so one possibility that we report here on "politico" for the first time, speaker boehner's chief of staff, mike connors, has talked about the idea of only raising the debt ceiling for one to three months. the way they explained this to us is, if we get cuts for one month, if we get cuts for two months, three months, that's how much we'll raise the debt ceiling. so republicans coming into the year are playing very hardball. >> mike allen. >> can i ask steve really quickly -- i know we've got to go -- steve, obviously if you have government shutdown, there are services that are. soed, and that can be very tough. that's not as bad as a default, right? if we don't increase the debt limit, which, i mean, i voted against when i was in congress. but that's much more troublesome -- >> a default would be a disaster. a government shutdown is part of the give and take we've seen go on over 20 years. this is
Jan 18, 2013 3:00am PST
, frankly, another disaster if republicans try to use the debt ceiling, to force dollar-for-dollar budget reductions. i don't see that as a winner for them, and i can't imagine at least the party establishment is now seeing that as a potential winner for them. i mean, you know, face it. the president won the election. and he laid out a program and a philosophy, and he won the election on it. and i think as long as republicans are going to take the stance that he didn't win and that, in fact, they won and therefore they get to do things their way, i don't think -- i don't see how that's going to help them get out of that 14% hole. >> eugene, had a very interesting way of putting it this morning, a very nice tag which is that what the electorate is looking for right now is not so much hope but a president who can cope. it's all about coping, not so much hoping. do you think that this kind of poll suggests that he is going to be able to deliver on that message of coping? >> well, you know, first of all, i think that's right. i think that, you know, the whole atmosphere around
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